The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society’s pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. CSPO’s DC office expands its capacity to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and complexity of science, technology and society by communicating knowledge and methods, educating students and decision makers, forming strategic partnerships, participating in science policy initiatives, and building community of intellectuals and practitioners.

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  • New Tools for Science Policy

    The goal of this seminar series is to help science policy “grow up, and quickly,” by catalyzing discussions and collaborations between science policy researchers and decision makers about new ideas and approaches for improving the social value of science and technology.

  • CSPO Conversations

    CSPO conversations are occasional dialogues and collective reflections on contemporary issues at the intersections of science, society and policy — from the perils of remaining captive to a “scientific-technological elite” to pragmatic actions in dealing with climate change.

  • Issues

    Issues in Science & Technology is a forum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. This includes policy for science (how we nurture the health of the research enterprise) and science for policy (how we use knowledge more effectively to achieve social goals), with emphasis on the latter.

  • Future Tense Event Series

    Future Tense is a partnership between the New America FoundationArizona State University and Slate magazine to explore emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy.

  • As We Now Think

    Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

  • Science Outside the Lab

    Science Outside the Lab explores the relationships among science, policy, and societal outcomes in a place where many important decisions about these things are made – Washington, D.C.

  • Concepts and Tools for a New American Science Policy

    Concepts and Tools for a New American Science Policy is a training program in Washington, DC for early career science and technology policy practitioners. The program is built around ten modules held on consecutive Saturdays that explore different aspects of science policy, ranging from strengthening connections between researchers and the public to the role that science plays in confronting and managing uncertainty.

  • Masters in Science & Technology Policy

    ASU offers a one-year master’s degree in science and technology policy, through CSPO. This degree prepares future leaders in science, business, and government to confront many of the 21st century’s most urgent and complex problems at the interface of science, technology and society.

  • Science Diplomacy & Leadership Program

    Exposes early career scientists and engineers from Latin America and the Caribbean to key transnational and regional challenges and opportunities related to science, technology, environment and health in the Americas. The program is designed as an immersion experience combining academic lectures, field visits, professional development workshops, networking opportunities and leadership training.

  • PhD in Human & Social Dimensions of Science & Technology

    The PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology at ASU is an ambitious, interdisciplinary initiative to understand what it means for humanity that today’s societies are permeated by science and technology.

  • User Engagement and Scientific Research

    While the concept of user-inspired research—characterized by engagement between the producers and users of scientific information—is increasingly discussed by academics and science managers, it remains largely absent from science policy decision-making processes.

  • Implementing Climate Pragmatism

    As political gridlock, ineffective policies, and unmet emissions targets continue to hamper the global response to climate change, there is a robust and growing demand for a more pragmatic approach to this unprecedented challenge.

  • A Participatory Technology Assessment of NASA's Asteroid Initiative

    Beyond involving citizens in the conduct of everyday science, citizen forums for the purpose of participatory technology assessment engage publics in respectful, multidirectional conversations, and enable them to learn and make recommendations about scientific issues, based on their own questions, interests, knowledge, values and personal experience.

  • DOD Energy Innovation Atlas

    Through a series of interactive figures, the DoD ENERGY INNOVATION ATLAS aims to present in vivid detail the end-to-end nature of the DoD energy innovation system including RDT&E, procurement, and deployment at military installations.

Recent Publications

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    April 2014

    Our High-Energy Planet: A Climate Pragmatism Project

    Drastically improved efforts to provide modern energy access to the poor opens up a new approach to development efforts and action on climate change, an international group of energy and environment scholars say in a new report, Our High-Energy Planet.

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  • November 2014

    The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change

    This provocative book looks at extreme weather and what role, if any, climate change plays in the mounting costs of these disasters.

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  • November 2014

    The Rightful Place of Science: Government & Energy Innovation

    Government & Energy Innovation explores a variety of energy technologies and how they were developed, offering insight into complex innovation processes and the role of government.

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  • November 2013

    The Rightful Place of Science: Biofuels

    This volume in The Rightful Place of Science series is a thoughtful and authoritative assessment of the current and future state of biofuels.

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  • RPS Politics

    November 2013

    The Rightful Place of Science: Politics

    The inaugural volume of The Rightful Place of Science book series explores the political dimensions of the scientific enterprise.

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    August 2015

    Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen’s Forum

    This new report from ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) presents the results of an innovative partnership between NASA and a network led by CSPO. By directly engaging the American public in NASA’s plans for future space missions, the project breaks new ground in increasing citizens’ understanding of and engagement in the work of a federal agency.

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    December 2014

    High-Energy Innovation – A Climate Pragmatism Project

    New energy innovation report highlights central role of emerging economies

    The global landscape for clean energy innovation has never been more fertile. A new report coming from a partnership of ASU’s Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and The Breakthrough Institute states that in order to supply the global public of clean, cheap energy, governments must strengthen international collaborative efforts. High-Energy Innovation is the second of three reports in the Climate Pragmatism project.

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    Journal of Responsible Innovation

    Scholars and practitioners in the emerging interdisciplinary field known as “responsible innovation” now have a new place to publish their work. The Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI) will offer an opportunity to articulate, strengthen and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in the research and development process.

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    Issues in Science & Technology is a forum for discussion of public policy related to science, engineering, and medicine. This includes policy for science (how we nurture the health of the research enterprise) and science for policy (how we use knowledge more effectively to achieve social goals), with emphasis on the latter.

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